by Venus Zoleta, on category "Personal Finance"
December 13, 2018
Two things any employee looks forward to the most: paydays and holidays. Well, who doesn’t? Holidays allow people to spend more time with their families and that much-needed me time before getting back to the daily work grind.
Several months ago, the government declared the Philippine holidays for 2019, giving Filipinos a head start in planning their vacations. There will be 21 holidays and six long weekends next year. Sounds exciting, right?
Here’s a quick guide to the 2019 Philippine holidays and long weekends that can help you plan your vacations wisely.
Start off by knowing what exactly the holidays are in the Philippines for next year. The Malacañang Palace issued Proclamation No. 555 that lists down the Philippine holidays for 2019.
Expect two more holidays coming up in 2019: Eidul Fitr and Eidul Adha. These Islamic holidays have no dates yet, but they will be announced once they’re set.
Another exciting aspect of planning your holidays for next year: knowing when the long weekends will be.
Here are the six long weekends in the Philippines to look forward to this year:
Do the six long weekends seem too short? You can extend your long weekends to 12 or 13 in 2019. This is where being strategic in filing your vacation leaves comes into play.
Some 2019 Philippine holidays fall on a Tuesday or Wednesday, so schedule your leaves on those sandwiched holidays. For example, since the Chinese New Year falls on a Tuesday, it’s best to file your VL the day before it (Monday).
If your employer offers more than 10 paid VLs per year, take advantage of them! You can afford to take a two-day leave before Labor Day, Independence Day, and Ninoy Aquino Day for a five-day weekend.
And if you still have unused VL credits by December, you can use them for the 23rd, 26th, and 27th to enjoy a 12-day holiday break until January 1!
2019 Philippine Holidays
When to File a Leave
Resulting Long Weekend
|Araw ng Kagitingan – April 9 (Tuesday)||April 8 (Monday)||April 6 to 9 (four days)|
|Labor Day – May 1 (Wednesday)||April 29 and 30 (Monday and Tuesday)||April 27 to May 1 (five days)|
|Independence Day – June 12 (Wednesday)||June 10 and 11 (Monday and Tuesday)||June 8 to 12 (five days)|
|Ninoy Aquino Day – August 21 (Wednesday)||August 19 and 20 (Monday and Tuesday)||August 17 to 21 (five days)|
|Christmas – December 24 and 25 (Tuesday and Wednesday)||December 23 (Monday)||December 21 to 25 (five days)|
|Rizal Day – December 30 (Monday)||December 26 and 27 (Thursday and Friday)||December 24 to January 1 (nine days)|
Done plotting your VLs? Great! Here are some quick ideas you may consider as you start planning your vacations around Philippine holidays in 2019.
It’s too late to plan for a grand vacation for the last few days of 2018. Instead, you can go on a road trip around places near Metro Manila. Batangas, Rizal, Quezon, Cavite—lots of road trip destinations to choose from!
You have plenty of choices in celebrating this major Chinese holiday. Have a food trip or join the festivities in Binondo. Stroll in the mall to watch a dragon dance. Or simply feast on traditional Chinese dishes (tikoy, pancit, lumpia, dumplings, and round fruits) with your family at home.
The EDSA Anniversary, National Heroes Day, and All Saints’ weekends consist of only three days. Still, you can make the most of that short break! Do the things you keep postponing for a long time, or just enjoy the company of your family and pets at home.
Plan your summer holidays ahead! As early as now, figure out where you want to go during the long weekends in April and May. Check the articles below for summer vacation ideas.
You have around five to 12 days to spend outside work, so maximize your holiday break! Plan your reunion, party, and travel schedules for December carefully, so you won’t spread yourself too thin and get haggard when you get back to work after your vacation.
If you’re feeling patriotic (or you want to instill a sense of nationalism to your kids), allot a day from the long weekend to tour with your family around the historic sites and iconic landmarks in Manila. Rizal Park, Intramuros, Paco Park, and National Museum are some of the must-visit places. Or you can celebrate our national hero’s life and heroism through a Rizal movie or documentary marathon at home.
Even if you’re very busy with all the holiday shopping and parties, start plotting your trips, celebrations, and vacations around the Philippine holidays in 2019. Doing so, you can give your bosses an early heads-up and file your vacation leaves strategically. It also allows you to schedule your activities properly and be on the lookout for discounts on flight, hotel, and tour bookings.